• About

    THATCamp Canberra is a user-generated ‘unconference’ on digital humanities. It’s inspired by the original THATCamp, organised by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, and is one of a growing number of regional THATCamps springing up around the world. (‘THAT’ = ‘The Humanities And Technology’.)

    What’s an ‘unconference’?

    According to Wikipedia, an unconference is ‘a conference where the content of the sessions is created and managed by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by one or more organizers in advance of the event’. An unconference is not a spectator event. Participants in an unconference present their work, share their knowledge, and actively collaborate with fellow participants. If we do it well, we make mind-meet magic.

    Learn more about what makes a THATCamp so special.

    Who should attend?

    Anyone with an interest in the digital humanities. This includes academics, students (undergrads and postgrads), independent scholars, new media practitioners, curators, archivists, librarians, artists, hackers, developers, data-mungers and more. From complete newbies to hardened coders, anyone with the energy to explore the possibilities and problems raised by the application of technology to the humanities is welcome at THATCamp Canberra. Given our location in the nation’s capital, we hope to see plenty of staff from our national cultural institutions. If you’re worried about being out of your depth, take advantage of our custom-tailored BootCamp.

    What’s the BootCamp?

    On the first day of THATCamp Canberra 2011 we’ll be running a digital humanities BootCamp. The BootCamp will provide an introduction to some of the tools, methods, technologies and standards used by researchers in the digital humanities. It’s a camp within a camp – a crash course to get you up and running, helping you to get the most out of your THATCamp experience.

    What should I present?

    That’s up to you. Sessions might include software demos, panel discussions, training sessions or group hacks, but no written papers please! Come along with something in mind and we’ll throw it into the mix. In true unconference style we’ll develop the program on the spot. We’ll also be opening this blog to confirmed participants and inviting them to post their session ideas in advance.

    When and where?

    THATCamp Canberra will be held from 7–9 October 2011 at the University of Canberra. More information on the schedule will be available soon.

    How do I apply for a BootCamp fellowship?

    Thanks to the Mellon Foundation, the Kress Foundation and the wonderful folks at the Center for History and New Media, a small number of BootCamp fellowships will be available to academics and art museum professionals who are interested in exploring how digital methods might enrich or extend their own scholarship. Fellowship recipients will be expected to attend at least two BootCamp sessions and provide a report on their THATCamp experience. Learn more about the fellowship scheme.

    How do I register?

    Numbers are limited so get in quick. Registration will be on a first come first served basis. Just fill in the registration form and tell us a little about yourself. Feel free to be brief – just give us an idea of what your interests are and what you hope to get out of your THATCamp experience.

    How much does it cost?

    Nothing. That’s right, nothing. THATCamp Canberra is free, though we might ask for a small donation to help cover the costs of food, t-shirts and assorted swag.

    Who are the organisers?

    THATCamp Canberra is being organised by:

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